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Dear Friends,

Although we were very much looking forward to welcoming you to the Association of Bainbridge Communities Environmental Conference next weekend, out of an abundance of caution, we are postponing the event.

Recent King County recommendations aimed at reducing the risk of exposure to COVID-19 have suggested avoiding bringing large groups together. Your safety, and the safety of our staff and community at large, are of the utmost importance to us. While it saddens us to have to postpone a weekend of bringing people together over a topic of the utmost importance – something we are extremely passionate about doing – we know this is the right decision for all.

What’s next?

  • The ABC Environmental Conference Planning team is working with our speakers and session leaders to reschedule this conference for next fall.
  • As soon as we land on a new date, we will reach out to inform you.
  • If you’re unable to make the new date, we can issue you a refund. Please email [email protected] if you’d like us to issue you a refund.

We’re disappointed not to be seeing you next weekend but hope to see you this fall for the conference. We encourage you to spend next Sunday sharing a walk with friends and family through one of our Island’s magnificent forests.

17th Association of Bainbridge Communities Environmental Conference


You care about our island’s forests and the wildlife that call this island home. Climate change is affecting the Puget Sound region, but what can we do about it?

Join city, state, and regional scientists in a community conversation on the research and best practices for stewarding our forests through the lens of climate change.

Optional Saturday, March 14 field trips available at the Moritani Preserve in downtown Winslow, the Grand Forest, Springbrook Creek Preserve, and Bloedel Reserve.


12:30 | Registration & Exhibits in the IslandWood Welcome Center

12:50 | Welcome to IslandWood & Suquamish Tribal Blessing

1:10 | Keynote Speaker: Hilary Franz, WA State Commissioner of Public Lands: Supporting Our Forests, Now and Into the Future

1:30 | Michael Case, Forest Ecologist, The Nature Conservancy: Western Washington Forests in a Changing Climate
Everything you need to know to make better decisions today.

1:50 | Kirk Hanson, Director of Forestry, Northwest Natural Resource Group: Silviculture For Changing Bainbridge Forests

2:20 | Lara Hansen, Executive Director, EcoAdapt: How We Live With Trees
Will 2020 be the year we see climate change clearly? An exploration of the impacts of planning, development and lifestyle choices on our forests, as well as the land, water, and wildlife.

2:35 | Q&A with our speakers, moderated by Christina Doherty

2:45 | BREAK (25 min)
Please visit our booths in the Welcome Center to connect with organizations doing this work in our community and learn how to get involved!

Breakout sessions in smaller groups will include a short presentation, time for questions and dialogue, and the creation of an action list to be shared with our community.

4:20 – 4:40 | Return to the Great Hall for an Action Plan Wrap Session

5:00 – 6:00 | Celebration Reception for the 40th Anniversary of the Association of Bainbridge Communities